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  • Hardcover
  • 291
  • An Unnecessary Woman
  • Rabih Alameddine
  • English
  • 23 March 2019
  • 9780802122148

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Summary Ö PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Rabih Alameddine Rabih Alameddine ✓ 0 characters review An Unnecessary Woman W favorite book into Arabic then stows it away The thirty seven books that Aaliya has translated have never been read by anyone After overhearing her neighbors the three witches” discussing her too white hair Aaliya accidentally dyes her hair too blueIn this breathtaking portrait of a reclusive woman’s late life crisis readers follow Aaliya’s digressive mind as it ricochets across visions of past and present Beirut Insightful musings on literat. Update to review October 2017First I agree with my initial review completely I love the book again in the same and new ways This time I read it slowly giving attention to Alameddine s prose his style and the actual words and phrases he used in describing Aaliya her neighbors family neighborhood and city This time I became captivated by Aaliya in a different way by her struggle with an uncaring family in her youth a struggle that has lasted her entire life by the strength of her will and her intellect in the face of a society who has little room for her by her struggle with an aging body in a war ravaged city trying to renew itself by her struggle to find purpose in her life of books a life she has kept hidden from the worldWhat I found on this second reading were signs of the world s encroachment into her solitude in tiny ways to be sure but in ways that didn t cause her to run that led her to wonder about tomorrow and to wonder who might be IN her tomorrow besides herself So I am uietly even happy at the end of this reading than I was when I finished three years ago Thank you Mr AlameddineAbsolutely wonderful on so many levels An Unnecessary Woman will undoubtedly be high on my list of favorite books of 2014 I ve already planned to read it again and many of the books that Aaliya our narrator mentions are on my reading list already Some have now jumped higher When I read about this book I learned that it was about a woman who worked in a bookstore and translates books into Arabic Oh but it is so much than this It is the story of Beirut and Aaliya the personal and religious and political and civic wars they have been through together It is the story of a woman who has found a way to survive and how books and the life of the mind are both solace and salvation except when they aren tI have so many highlighted sections that it becomes difficult to choose Shall I pick one related to her family her home her city her books Aaliya says I can dig out the old chestnut from George Santayana that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it but it serves no purpose It s a hopelessly optimistic uote We are condemned to repeat the past whether we remember it or not It is inevitable just ask Nietzsche eternal return or Hegel history repeats itself or James McCourt history repeats itself like hiccups I m fond of Mark Twain s uote History doesn t repeat itself but it does rhyme loc 2164As you can see from the end of that selection there is humor amidst the gloom There are some very funny moments and some extremely touching ones that made me remember moments with loved ones I hesitate to share too many I want the reader to experience them for themselvesIt will not matter if you do not know all the books Aaliya mentions though it did add a spark to my reading to know that I would be reading some soon Another surprise for me and it probably shouldn t be is that the author is male He captures this aging woman so wellWell enough said I could write forever but I must end Read this bookA copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review

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Summary Ö PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Rabih Alameddine Rabih Alameddine ✓ 0 characters review An Unnecessary Woman One of Beirut’s most celebrated voices Rabih Alameddine follows his international bestseller The Hakawati with a heartrending novel that celebrates the singular life of an obsessive introvert revealing Beirut’s beauties and horrors along the wayAaliya Sohbi lives alone in her Beirut apartment surrounded by stockpiles of books Godless fatherless divorced and childless Aaliya is her family’s unnecessary appendage” Every year she translates a ne. Although I know the characters of a novel as a collection of scenes as well as accumulated sentences in my head I feel I know them better than I do my mother I fill in the blanks with literary personas better than I do with real people or maybe I make of an effort I know Lolita s mother better than I do mine and I must say I feel her than I feel my mother I recognize Rembrandt s painted face of his mother better than I recognize the real face of mine Aaliya s city otherwise known as BeirutAaliya has issues with her mother Everytime she looks in the mirror she notices I have my mother s nose which these days looks like a scimitar buried in slain flesh Her mother was always so supportive of her readingwellnot really Of course I remember various permutations of the Who will want to marry you if you read so much lecture but I also had to endure the chilly Don t try to be so different from normal people Different from normal people When I first hear that I was sorely offended I thought every person should live for art not just me and further why would I want to be normal Why should I want to be stupid like everyone else Aaliya does marry not a man out of literature although he might have slithered out of a Dicken s novel as one of his seedier creations He certainly isn t a stride across the moors kind of guy Fortunately his flag won t raise and he divorces Aaliya for being barren Beirut BookstoreAaliya kept her bookstore much cleaner and organized than this guyHer friend Hannah helps her get a job in a bookstore It wasn t easy the owner a preening fool who wants to own a bookstore just so he can say he owns a bookstore is looking for a woman with movie star beauty not someone like Aaliya but one after another these pretty bobbles he hires get married and so he finally reluctantly agrees to hire Aaliya The last thing she is looking for is a husband The owner fortunately hears the siren song of his lavish lifestyle and leaves Aaliya to manage the store however she wishes to He pays her crap wages She makes up for it by stealing books One by one they make the furtive journey to her apartment She has plans for the very best of them She knows English and French and she begins translating these books into Arabic I create and crate Once finished she no longer has any interest in them Publish you say Perish the thought Who would be interested in the workings of a madwoman She loves Beirut She s still beautiful you can t ignore her but she is crumbling around the edges Elizabeth Taylor and Beirut are sisters in spirit Beirut is the Elizabeth Taylor of cities insane beautiful tacky falling apart aging and forever drama laden She ll also marry any infatuated suitor who promises to make her life comfortable no matter how inappropriate he is Of course like most Americans what I remember about Beirut happened in 1983 when a suicide truck bomber blew up a Marine barracks killing 241 American servicemen I didn t realize until I started reading this book how much resentment I still felt over that incident even though it wasn t so much the Lebanese attacking Americans as it was crazy religious fanatics that happened to be Lebanese Anyway it is so cool that now my somewhat sour view of Beirut has been replaced by this charming acerbic book obsessed little old lady When you write about the past you lie with each letter with every grapheme including the goddamn comma If the world was filled with book obsessed readers there would never be civil wars They are simply too noisy with all the chatter of gunfire and the screaming of wounded people not to mention the thump of mortars exploding may cause books to leap from their shelves It is difficult with the constant barrages of noises to settle down properly with a good book It just wouldn t do So who is Aaliya s favorite philosopher view spoiler The philosopher I feel the most kinship with is Spinoza I identify with his story and his life The Jewish elders of Amsterdam issued a cherem a fatwa for you non Hebrew speakers against my kinsman when he was a mere twenty three He was excommunicated for his heresies He didn t fight it didn t rebel He didn t even whine He gave up his family inheritance and became a private scholar a philosopher at home hide spoiler

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Summary Ö PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Rabih Alameddine Rabih Alameddine ✓ 0 characters review An Unnecessary Woman Ure philosophy and art are invaded by memories of the Lebanese Civil War and Aaliya’s volatile past As she tries to overcome her aging body and spontaneous emotional upwellings Aaliya is faced with an unthinkable disaster that threatens to shatter the little life she has leftA love letter to literature and its power to define who we are the gifted Rabih Alameddine has given us a nuanced rendering of a single woman's reclusive life in the Middle Eas. Was it necessary to read An Unnecessary Woman About a woman in the twilight of her life a product of rusted times A woman from a foreign land and of foreign blood A woman who offered pursed whimpers amid teeth that reeked soupy yellow One with a musty room and a flickering temper A borderline linguist who made peace with the unspoken word She was nothing than a drifting sprinkle of dust in this swirling world of men and ambition May be it wasn t It wasn t necessary at all to read An Unnecessary Woman But I read it And I read her And read her Every page Every day Multiple times In mornings and evenings In transit and while stationed Under dim lights Beneath cloudy skies I read her And met her And met myself And loved her And loved myself Was she I Not really She a septuagenarian and I almost four decades late She a prisoner of Beiruti conservatism and I a falcon of Indian liberalism She a broken rhapsody of relationships and I a supple bounty of companionshipAnd yet she appeared familiar Almost like the reflection in a broken mirror which makes up for the lost pieces by producing the remnant image in sparkling contrasting sharpness She Aaliya was that remnant image There within the periphery of what was visible she cloned me She a reluctant neighbor and I an enthusiastic hermit She with a saber tongue and I with an acerbic voice She with her back to the world and I behind dark black glasses She a passionate translator of Hamsun and Borges Pessoa and Proust and I a passionate reader of these great creators Crates crates boxes and crates The translated manuscripts have the two books French and English affixed to the side of the box for identification Tolstoy Gogol and Hamsun Calvino Borges Schulz N das Nooteboom Ki Karasu and Kafka books of memory disuiet but not of laughter and forgetting Aaliya parades on lyrical comprehensions and deadpan jibes She is fatally struck by the indifference settled on the eyes of the current generation towards the power of books She chokes at the comatose sentiment emanating from most streets of the post war Beirut the thuds of inertia and acceptance that grinds the air in most homes of her beloved land And I well don t feel far removed When random strangers in trains and uninvited visitors at home eye my book or the unruly stack of it with apparent incredulity and gravely visible shock at times not to mention the spurt of useless blah blah aimed at me subseuently I am swamped by the disdain that Aaliya writes with such flourish in her journal When poisonous bugs of conservatism fanaticism prejudice and stereotypes keep eating at the foundation of the shining body of a nation we are proudly building I give a muffled cry at the workmen not reading enough to suash them with permanent antidote Aaliya and I are citizens of the reading world and would shiver if asked to step out of it unless the external world imbibed the ingredients of our present world Literature gives me life and life kills me Was it necessary then to read An Unnecessary Woman Yes Indeed Because our antidote is literature and our dawn possible Also on my blog